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Age spots, sometimes called sun spots or liver spots, are areas of hyperpigmentation on the skin that are usually caused by excessive sun exposure. Age spots are harmless, but can be unsightly and make you look a bit older than you would like to. Luckily, there are several things you can do to help fade and even get rid of your age spots. Here are five ideas to try:
Get a Retinol Prescription from Your Dermatologist
Retinol cream is a powerful way to fade age spots, as well as wrinkles and acne scars. While you can buy retinol products at the drugstore without a prescription, these will not be nearly as effective as prescription-strength retinol from your dermatologist. Your dermatologist will be able to prescribe the appropriate strength based on your skin's needs and how sensitive your skin is.
Plus, before writing the prescription your dermatologist can examine your skin to check for anything potentially dangerous, such as suspicious moles that need to be removed. They can also help you come up with an overall anti-aging skin regimen to prevent future age spots and wrinkles to help you look your best.
Use Lemon Juice
A natural remedy that helps some people with age spots is to use the natural exfoliating abilities of lemon juice. Simply dilute a little lemon juice with water and apply to your age spots with a cotton ball. You should rinse the lemon juice off after half an hour or so (or sooner if you notice any irritation), and be sure to wear sunblock afterward as the lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to the sun and prone to sunburn.
Be Smart About the Sun
While avoiding the sun won't eliminate the age spots you already have, doing so will help prevent them from getting even darker and more difficult to get rid of. Plus, limiting your sun exposure will prevent future age spots, as well as other signs of premature aging like wrinkles, from forming.
You don't have to shun the outdoors for the rest of your life, but instead simply adopt smart sun habits. Experts agree that you should wear sunblock with an SPF between 30 and 50 when you're in the sun. A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and avoiding direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day can help round out your smart sun habits.
Try Green Light Therapy
Some people with age spots find that green light therapy is helpful in getting them to fade away. A device emitting green light is moved around your face (as well as your chest, hands, and other areas with age spots), and is thought to work by helping break down the hyperpigmentation. You can receive green light therapy in many dermatology or medical spa offices, or purchase a green light device to use at home.
Get Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are an intensive form of exfoliation that help your skin shed its outer layer, revealing younger, fresher skin underneath. This can help your age spots to disappear, though it may require a series of multiple chemical peels for the best results. Chemical peels offer additional benefits, like making the overall texture of your face much more even and younger-looking. Chemical peels can also make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so you will want to avoid sun exposure for a day or two after each peel.
By following these tips, you should soon see your age spots fade and disappear. If you are concerned about age spots or any other skin condition, it's always a good idea to make an appointment with a dermatologist at a clinic like Billings Clinic.